ARTS & ART THERAPY
What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: The very sad news of Robin Williams has impacted people from all walks of life and from all around the globe. If anything positive can come from such a loss, it's that there's been an eruption on the internet of conversations pertaining to the nature of addiction and recovery, of mental illness and recovery. Such conversations don't cure the sadness of his family but they have the potential to open the eyes of those of us who are too quick to condemn and judge when it comes to addicts and those suffering from mental illness. It hopefully enables us to get just a glimpse of how hard it must be to recover and stay in recovery.

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Have you ever noticed that movie trailers seem to follow a certain structure? If you have, you will enjoy this video clip which follows the prescribed format while explaining the characters thoughts, actions and dialogue in each scene! It is a very clever and entertaining artistic video! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

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by Karen Adler, Dip. Transpersonal Art Therapy,
ATH Asst. Editor of Art & Art Therapy

I came across the phrase ‘Loving Yourself 101’ in a magazine a few months ago. I don’t remember what the article was about, only that it was witty and funny and personal in that moving-without-being-sappy way that good writers can do...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Never have I experienced such difficulty in writing an article for All Things Healing as I have in bringing together my thoughts and feelings around the issue of self-love. Loving Yourself 101 was an idea I came up with four months ago as the basis for an art therapy workshop. Since then, I've advertised the workshop, got sick and had to cancel, the venue became unavailable, I've procrastinated endlessly, chickened out big-time, my confidence has plummeted and I've questioned my whole worth as an art therapist. All as a result of doubting the validity and necessity of loving oneself - go figure! Physician - heal thyself, i say.

 

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by Justine Potter

The arts have always been a significant part of my life. From being dragged along to numerous exhibition openings as a child, to co-ordinating one of the art world’s biggest celebrations - the opening of Tate Modern in London in 2000 - I have always valued the impact of the arts and culture on community and individual wellbeing...

 

 

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This is political satire art about the development of Suburbia and conformist middle-class ideals. There are references to "little boxes" of different colors which refer to suburban tract housing. Nancy Reynolds is the artist/songwriter and political activist who wrote this song in the early 1960's when she saw the housing developments around Daly City, California. Her daughter describes the creating of this piece, "My mother and father were driving South from San Francisco through Daly City when my mom got the idea for the song. She asked my dad to take the wheel, and she wrote it on the way to the gathering in La Honda where she was going to sing for the Friends Committee on Legislation. When Time magazine (I think, maybe Newsweek) wanted a photo of her pointing to the very place, she couldn’t find those houses because so many more had been built around them that the hillsides were totally covered.

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: As Antonia Rolls says: 'Art - painting, writing, poetry - can get to places people have locked away that conversation can't.' This video is about her exhibition, A Graceful Death, which tours the UK. The exhibition is intended to deal with issues surrounding death and bereavement and the video is there to support the work that Antonia does.

 

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by Karen Adler,
ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy

I have this strange - not to mention impossible - expectation to always look good, feel good, BE  good. It causes me no-end of misery and yet in all my years upon this planet, I haven’t yet managed to shift this strange and impossible expectation.  It bounces to the foreground of my being at the most inopportune times...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Doing art therapy for myself is a way for me to know what's going on for me at the moment. I've come to see it as a necessary - and enjoyable - aspect of self-care. It also provides me with the guidance I need  to make difficult decisions, to separate the past from the present, this moment from the preceding one and the one that follows, to draw boundaries between myself and another person.

 

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by Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC,
ATH Co-Editor of Art & Art Therapy

1. Speak your pain without words...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: If you are in a family, have friends, and interact with other people, then you are inevitably going to deal with conflict. The question is never whether or not there will be conflict. The question is how are you going to deal with it. The difference between happy and unhappy relationships is not the absence of conflict. It is the presence of forgiveness. It truly is our deepest need and our most difficult and highest achievement.

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: As we are faced with an aging population and our own, it's worth noting that, "More and more researchers and health care providers are convinced that art therapy helps improve the quality of life for older adults, even for those who might have dementia or Alzheimer's disease."

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: This youtube clip states that, "Karin used art therapy to deal with her eating disorder. Now she makes spoon pendants and sees the beauty that can be created out of mistakes."

 

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by Bernd Wechner

Symbols are amazing things. They rule our lives. When we overestimate their power, we suffer, when we underestimate their power we suffer. Just what is a symbol and why are they so important us?

 

Symbols are all we have to communicate with one another, to share our ideas and feelings. Deeper still, they form a great part of how we talk to ourselves, that is, how we think, process and summarise our ideas and experiences.

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Ever since Bernd was a child, he has dreamed of wandering the world aimlessly in search of his fortunes. After studying and working for a while, with enough of the stable life behind him, he set out to do just that. He collected a respectable pile of experiences and information on the road before he migrated to a more steady home and family life. This is a reflective piece that he wrote about symbols.

 

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by Scott Trevelyan

Most people refer to it as a disability. I almost see it as a gift. To experience near death and be able to view life from a new positive perspective is something I have found many Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors have in common...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I met Scott Trevelyan, a visual artist on the North Coast of NSW, Australia, via an international art therapy project. Scott used printmaking techniques as a cathartic tool to overcome life-threatening injuries sustained in a traumatic motorcycle accident in 2002. He currently runs art therapy classes for Acquired Brain Injury survivors at his wheelchair-friendly, purpose built studio, ‘Willowbank Studio’.

 

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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.

 

 

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